A Saudi man reacts following a blast inside a mosque, in the mainly Shiite Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400 kms east of Riyadh, on May 22, 2015. (AFP)
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A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers Friday in a packed Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first major attack in the kingdom to be claimed by ISIS militants.ISIS said in a statement that one of its suicide bombers, identified as Abu Ammar al-Najdi, carried out the attack using an explosives-laden belt that killed or wounded 250 people, U.S.-based monitoring group SITE said on its Twitter account."The people are very angry," she said, adding that they tried to stop police from entering Al-Qadeeh. Residents had feared such an attack was coming, she said. In November the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia, which has declared ISIS a terrorist organization, joined international airstrikes against it, and mobilized top sheikhs to denounce it.Friday's bombing was the first attack targeting the minority since November, when gunmen opened fire during a religious celebration in Al-Ahsa, also in the east where most of the group live in Saudi Arabia.
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